VACAVILLE — Two people reported seeing a mountain lion on Thursday near residential homes, stores and close enough to an elementary school to cause officials to put it on lockdown as a precaution.
The first sighting came at 9 a.m. on a jogging path along Browns Valley Parkway. The caller reported seeing what he thought was a mountain lion against a sound wall separating the thoroughfare from a residential neighborhood.
Vacaville police and the state Department of Fish and Game responded and shut down nearby Browns Valley Elementary School. The school was released from lockdown around 11 a.m.
But the school was briefly put on lockdown again around 1:30 p.m. when another person called police with a similar report. The caller said a mountain lion was near the Best Buy store on Monte Vista Avenue. No stores were evacuated.
Game Warden Patrick Foy said it is possible for a mountain lion to travel that distance in the time between the two reports. However, Fish and Game officials as of 3 p.m. found nothing to indicate a mountain lion was in the area.
“Not a stick of evidence,” Foy said. “We are looking hard to determine one way or another.”
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